It’s been a year of change here at “Still Racing . . .” After twenty years, I left my position as a community organizer with Syracuse United Neighbors. I have taken a new job as an advocate for disability rights with ARISE–a center for independent living (CIL) here in Syracuse. There are 37 CIL’s in NY State and their mission is to help persons with disabilities live independent lives in the community–rather than being forced to live in institutional settings such as nursing homes.
The scale is different. SUN is a small grassroots group with two employees and an annual budget of $150,000. ARISE is a sprawling social service provider with over 700 employees and a budget over $15 million. The atmosphere is more corporate–I have a cubicle, a name tag, I sign in and out of our building. I am no longer salaried, I am an hourly worker. Continue reading “Still Organizing In The Street”